Collected Stories of William Faulkner Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following things motivates the pilots in "Death Drag" to perform such dangerous tricks when traveling town to town?

2. What part of de Spain's property does Abner burn down in a rage of revenge?

3. In the story "Red Leaves," how many Indians are searching for the chief's slave?

4. What does Abner Snope do for a living?

5. What weapon does Pete's younger brother use to attack the bus depot worker and the Army lieutenant?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Dr. Martino?

2. Why is Satoris sentenced to serve time with the Camel squadron?

3. How does the American soldier Borgard meet the young English soldier in the story "Turnabout"?

4. How does the lover react to the news that the husband has granted his wife a divorce in the story "Honor"?

5. How is the slave finally captured in the story "Red Leaves"?

6. How is Davy's life saved during a murder attempt in the story "The Leg"?

7. How does Wash die?

8. What happens when Flem Snopes attempts to turn his two black co-workers against each other in the story "Centaur in Brass"?

9. What rumor spreads through town about Minnie Cooper, and how do the townsfolk react in the story "Dry September"?

10. Whom does the desirable woman in "A Courtship" decide to marry, and how does she make her decision?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What do you think is more important to Sarty in the story "Barn Burning," love or truth? Give at least two examples of each of these themes as depicted in Sarty's relationship with his father. Then describe Sarty's struggle to balance love and truth, and how this struggle led to his maturity.

Essay Topic 2

Faulkner decides to end his collection with the moving short story "Carcassonne." In it, the body and soul argue about the true form of death. First, describe both the body and the soul's argument as to what death truly is like. Then explain why Faulkner might have chosen to end his collection with this story, and how it unifies the collection as a whole.

Essay Topic 3

How did Mannie's husband's death in the story "Mule in the Yard" incite a sequence of tragic events? What message is Faulkner sending the reader about revenge through this cautionary tale? Finally, what were the effects of revenge in the lives of both Mannie and Snopes?

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